Hey! I'm Serge Kazakov, and welcome to my online home.
I'm a software engineer, freelancer, digital nomad, a bit of a blogger, and an investment enthusiast.
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How to Manage Secret Environment Vars in Xcode and CI
Should We Bring Redux to iOS?
CI/CD Pipeline Setup with GitHub Actions for iOS Project
Two-Sided Dopamine Hook Of Social Networks
I'm not sure if it was done intentionally or by chance, as a drawback of the recommendation algorithm design. It looks like guys at Twitter invented a new level of dopamine hook for its users that keeps them engaged and, what's even more important, keeps them posting.
There is a well-known hook that keeps you engaged. It's just a media feed as it is. No one knows what would be the next post in the feed. Although it's optimized to be as interesting for you as possible, it's still rather random.
Your brain is always curious to know what will be next. Once the feed brings something interesting you get excited by the dopamine release spike. That's how you get hooked.
Twitter has a second side of the dopamine hook which is also incredibly addictive. When you post something, you never know how far the publication would take off. I would not be surprised if random posts get boosted additionally.
It allows Twitter to keep you engaged not only when you consume the content, but also when you create the content.
I Don’t Like the Recent Days’ Internet
How wrong I was when I thought that the bottom of Instagram was users' daily food allowance showcase. Then it turned into a social lie platform about real life.
I thought it couldn't be worse and was wrong again. It turned into a selling point for second-grade coaches in uninvented areas. That made me run out of patience and I stopped using it.
On Twitter, I got into a weird social bubble. I gave in trying to mute topics and my Twitter feed is a shitstorm of all kinds. It's so bad that I made a second account just to be able to get caught on a dopamine hook of those "You are doing it wrong" AI prompt experts.
My YouTube feed started to remind me of home shopping TV channels from my childhood.
Outside of social networks, it's not even getting better. It's probably worse because social networks don't show that amount of ADs. Half of all websites is a keyword keyword-optimized garbage that is easy to recognize by trying to research any consumer product: backpack, laptop, or whatever.
Is there something wrong with the internet or is it just me?
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Building a Portable Homelab: Tips and Handy Hardware References
My Digital Nomad's Toolkit: Portable Homelab Overview
Backups Matter: The High-Stakes Game of Laptop Ownership
Making Sense of Crypto ETFs
Cracking the Dunbar’s Number: From Social Grooming to Like and Retweet
There is a curious thing called Dunbar's number.
Dunbar's number is a suggested cognitive limit to the number of people with whom one can maintain stable social relationships—relationships in which an individual knows who each person is and how each person relates to every other person.
The number of people you would not feel embarrassed about joining uninvited for a drink if you happened to bump into them in a bar.**
Depending on the study and evaluation method, it's considered to be somewhere between 100 and 250, with a commonly used average value of 150. The number is believed to be correlated to the volume of the neocortex.
High Dunbar's number is indeed an evolutionary advantage which is named to be the reason why homo sapiens managed to outperform other species. With the help of languages they(we) levered communication to a new level.
Silly social networks for daily shit posting they say...
Lately, I was watching an Instagram story and caught myself thinking that I know the author so well... which obviously has nothing to do with the reality. I've seen him once IRL.
Silly social networks for daily shit posting or a tool to build bonds with an infinite amount of people from all over the world?